by Jane Conner-ziser Published 01/11/2005
For this feature we showcase three artists; all are female, all are American, all are highly creative and frustratingly skilful! They are: Jane Conner-ziser from Ormond Beach, Florida. Marylin Sholin from Miami, Florida. Vikki Popwell from Andalusia, Alabama.
One of the advantages of being a small production team at Professional Imagemaker is that we can respond quickly to ideas that develop as a result of seeing new work or sets of new work. Just such a thing has happened with this feature. We have been prowling round doing something on painterly portrait technique for some while now and keeping a watchful eye on our equivalent magazine in the USA, Rangefinder. Operated for the WPPI, Rangefinder has always highlighted the best in American artists working in this area of digital and we felt it was time to bring it to our own readers' attention. Attending the seminar recently given by Jane Conner-ziser provided the catalyst to pulling a feature together.
While straight portraiture has its place in the commercial world, there is always a premium market available, for things which are a little different. This is also the reason that designed albums are popular - they are attractive and they also provide the client with something they are unlikely to be able to create for themselves, even in these digital days, when almost everybody has a digital camera. And so it is with digitally manipulated portraiture, you take a basic image and create a unique interpretation of your sitter, in a way which only you, the creator, can. Regardless of how good it might be, a straight photograph is a photograph and bears at least some resemblance to other pictures that somebody has of themselves. Do a full job in Painter and you have something that is unique. Importantly you can also charge more for it - if you don't, or won't, then you are wasting your time - it has got to be part of a premium service!
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